Fifty Shades of Grey sex games failure blamed for divorce
Robert Verkaik

Fifty shades of Grey has been blamed for divorce proceedings in the UK.
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Source: Herald Sun
A HIGH-powered businesswoman is divorcing her husband after he refused to play along with the erotic themes in the raunchy blockbuster, Fifty Shades Of Grey.

The wife, a 41-year-old banker who earns more than $600,000 a year, bought the bestseller almost as soon as it was published last year, and decided to use it to pep up the couple’s staid sex life.

But when her husband failed to respond to the novel’s themes, which include bondage and S&M, she petitioned for divorce.

In the case, filed in Britain's High Court this year, the wife refers to the book in her grounds for divorce, which blames the breakdown of the marriage on the husband’s lack of sexual adventure.

The wife’s solicitor, Amanda McAlister, one of Britain’s leading matrimonial lawyers, says she believes the case is the first where the book has triggered a divorce.

British author E. L. James's novel – which tells of the sadomasochistic affair between billionaire entrepreneur Christian Grey and naive literature student Anastasia Steele – has dominated the bestseller charts for months.
It became a literary sensation almost overnight, with a further two books in the series published and more than 60 million copies sold worldwide.

The wife is arguing that her husband’s "boring attitude’ to sex is evidence of "unreasonable behaviour", one of the five grounds for divorce under English law.

Ms McAlister said: "The woman had been reading the book and wanted to spice up her love life.
"She thought their sex life had hit a rut – he never remembered Valentine’s Day and he never complimented her on her appearance.

E L James's 'Shades of Grey' trilogy has sold millions. File picture: AP/Vintage Books
"So she bought sexy underwear in an attempt to get her husband more involved. She said, 'Let’s make things more interesting'.

"But when he still didn’t take any notice she told him he had a boring attitude to sex and she was fed up."
Ms McAlister said the husband’s response was to blame Fifty Shades Of Grey.

"He went ballistic when he found out the name of the book she was reading and told her, 'It’s all because you have been reading that bloody book.' 

The woman’s husband is admitting "unreasonable behaviour" so the divorce can be granted quickly without a contested hearing in which his low libido would be discussed in court.

Ms McAlister said that it was one of a growing number of divorce cases brought by wives spurred on by the Fifty Shades literary phenomenon – dubbed "mummy porn" – which encourages women to be more adventurous in the bedroom.

"There has been a real shift in sexual attitudes," Ms McAlister, said. "It used to be the men who complained they weren’t getting enough nookie in the bedroom.

"But now it’s the women who are calling their husbands boring after reading books like Fifty Shades."